Outrage As City Of Bulawayo Demands USD Tariffs, Converts Charges To Forex
Zimbabweans have reacted with outrage after the City of Bulawayo announced that residents will now be paying their tariffs in USD.
On Tuesday, the Bulawayo City Council announced that it had converted all charges to United States Dollars. The council said the collapse of the Zimbabwean dollar had necessitated the move.
Below is the statement released by the City of Bulawayo informing ratepayers that tariffs are now in USD.
PUBLIC NOTICE: – ALIGNMENT OF TARIFF CHARGES TO THE CURRENT ECONOMIC CONDITIONS.
The City of Bulawayo wishes to advise its valued stakeholders, residents and customers that due to prevailing economic conditions such as changes in the exchange rate there have been substantial increases in the prices of key service delivery inputs namely fuel, water & wastewater treatment chemicals, medicines, stationery & spare parts among others.
This has rendered the current council charges inadequate thereby necessitating an urgent alignment of tariffs to input costs in order to alleviate service delivery collapse.
Residents are advised that all Council charges have been translated to the USD value on the date of approval of the 2022 budget. The tariffs shall be translated at the ruling rate on the date of billing with effect from 1 June 2022.
Residents and stakeholders are encouraged to contact Council Revenue offices for the updated charges on their properties.
However, the move has not gone down well with most residents. They accused the council of being greedy and of failing to deliver essential services.
Some also condemned the move arguing that it is illegal and unethical because people still earn Zimbabwe Dollars, the country’s legal tender. They also questioned whether council employees would now be earning USD.
A small minority, however, seemed open to the move and hoped that the City of Bulawayo would improve its service delivery due to the USD tariffs.
Rita Winterboer Pretorius
WTF would be good if we had the full services that the council is supposed to do!!
You are part of the problem, the government is trying to bring confidence to the zim dollar but you are now opposing that by using us$ as a base currency. Yes we understand bond is losing value every minute but it is because of such policies, if you got no confidence in the local currency why would you expect us to, basically this is illegal or it’s illegal only to us but government and city council can do as they please.
Service delivery yani New Parklands does not have 1 street light no tower light nothing.. so don’t demand money and not do service delivery
So in simple terms are we paying the bills US$ .Hope service delivery improves
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